A truck driver claiming to be Ishaq Ahmed registered a complaint with the police in Bareilly that his identity was stolen and used by his co-tenant in the court.
Ishaq returned to Bareilly on February 7 after cutting short his Guwahati trip. He also raised suspicions over the involvement of Audi owner, Dr Manish Rawat, behind the alleged conspiracy. Bareilly police said they will conduct an inquiry.
Syed Imtiyaz Qadri is alleged to have impersonated Labhera village truck driver and his co-tenant Ishaq Ahmad and surrendered at a Ghaziabad court on January 31. He claimed that he was driving the Audi which had hit an auto and led to four deaths on the night of January 27 in Ghaziabad. He was then granted bail.
Raj Kumar, who filed an affidavit in the court certifying the man who had surrendered in the court is ‘Ishaq’ of Bareilly, is unreachable since Monday. Kumar, who was pursuing the case on ‘Ishaq’s’ behalf has switched off his mobile phone since allegations that ‘Ishaq’ was impersonated by Qadri surfaced.
Kumar had accompanied Qadri to the court when he had surrendered stating that he was the driver of the Audi Q7 at the time of the accident.
Nazakat Chaudhary, Qadri’s lawyer, said, “Since Monday morning, I tried calling Raj Kumar, who is the pursuer in the case and had brought Qadri to court. Raj Kumar told me over the phone that the man was Ishaq Ahmad. He was also accompanied by a lawyer from Bareilly. His mobile has been switched off since Monday morning.”
Rawat had also been in hiding and had appeared before the police on February 6. He told the police that he was present in the car but it was driven by his driver, Ishaq Ahmad. Rawat fled after the incident, leaving behind his damaged Audi behind.
The Ghaziabad police are yet to string together the sequence of events following the incident. The victims’ families said that the lax investigation and goof ups seem to be a conspiracy to shield some.
The police are yet to find Qadri and Raj Kumar, besides Brajesh Singh and Suraj Tiwari, who had provided sureties of ₹20,000 each for the bail of ‘Ishaq Ahmad.’
“We will contact these persons soon, but our focus is to trace Qadri. We have also recorded the statements of truck driver Ishaq Ahmad. He has maintained that he does not know the doctor and Qadri had impersonated him in court,” Sanath Kumar Mishra, investigating officer in the case, said.
Ishaq submitted a complaint to Bareilly police on Tuesday, in which he stated that Qadri impersonated him in court and had used a photocopy of his driving licence. He also said that he was in Ahmedabad, Gujarat on the night of the incident.
“He told us that his driving licence was misused by his co-tenant, Qadri, who is a friend of his wife’s maternal uncle. However, we have not been able to find Qadri as he fled his house before the police raid. A search is on,” Mishra said.
All the names involved in the accident case, so far, are either from Olive County highrise in Ghaziabad or from Bareilly. Rawat stays at Olive County and told that he was earlier based in Bareilly, from where he shifted in June 2016.
Raj Kumar, the pursuer, and Suraj Tiwari, one of the guarantors in the case are from Bareilly. Brajesh Singh, who provided another surety, mentioned he is residing in Olive County.
Truck driver Ishaq on January 7 had claimed that Qadri had told him that he was paid ₹8,000 to appear before the court. He also claimed the involvement of a lawyer.
“During my conversation with Qadri, he had told me that he had knowledge only about four persons suffering minor injuries in the accident. Then, I had to tell him that four persons were killed,” Ishaq said.